Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Wall Street Journal, Airlines Try Signature Fragrances, but Not Everyone Is On Board:
Beyoncé’s latest perfume is called Rise, “the scent of empowerment.” Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Jennifer Aniston have signature scents, too. So does Delta Air Lines.
Delta’s offering is Calm, an eau d’aeroport that it sprays in airplane cabins and infuses in the hot towels it gives out in premium classes. It has been spreading Calm for about two years, joining a handful of other carriers vying for olfactory distinction by developing their own individualized odors. The fragrant fliers include United Continental, Turkish Airlines and Air Canada’s low-cost rouge operation. Spain’s Iberia is close to launching its own aroma, and Alaska Airlines is working on one.
The companies don’t plan to bottle their scents for retail, but they do see a commercial value in them. United marketing manager Mark Krolick says its new fragrance, provisionally called “Landing,” in concert with improvements like new lighting and redesigned gates, “will create a more relaxing environment. A good experience engenders brand preference, which probably will result in more booking,” he says. Airlines also say they aim for subtlety, so passengers who are sensitive to scents won’t recoil. ...
Fragrances increasingly have been in vogue among hotels and retail chains in recent years. Studies have shown that the sense of smell is closely linked to the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotion, memory and motivation. Proponents say a scent can elevate shoppers’ impressions of a store and cause them to stay longer and spend more money.
This looks like a natural choice for a Pepperdine custom scent.